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Henderson Sets Career High, School Record Marks

In Thursday night's 61-58 loss at Kansas State, senior guard Marshall Henderson was 4-for-18, including 2-for-13 from 3-point range, and finished with 13 points. Three days later, Henderson responded with a career-high 39 points and school-record 10 3-pointers in a 115-105 overtime loss to No. 13 Oregon.

"I have said this all the time from one game to the next, they go in or they don't go in," Henderson said. "Sometimes you feel it; sometimes you don't. After the Kansas State game, I was kicking myself because I put that on me. It's a two-point game, and to take a game-winning shot and shoot an air ball, a senior leader and a guy trying to make his statement in his last year of college basketball does not need to be doing that, and I know that."

His previous season high was 19 points twice earlier this season and his previous career high was 32 at Tennessee last season, as Henderson scored 39 on 11-of-27 shooting, including 10-of-23 from 3-point range.

"He shoots a lot of ball, and the other way to stop him from shooting is to sit him down, and I have tried that a few times here and there, and I will continue to try that," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "He's a volume guy; he's been a volume guy from day one, and he was a volume guy when I recruited him. I have realized that, and I have tried to put him in a position where he can help our team, and he has certainly done that."

Henderson hit his first shot, a deep three, to give Ole Miss a 12-8 lead at the 14:14 mark, and went on to equal Thursday night's point total with 13 first-half points on 4-for-8 shooting, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range, as the Rebels took a 38-37 lead into halftime.

"I had been waiting for it this year," Henderson said. "I looked at it last year -- I didn't do much at the beginning of the year. Toward the middle was when I started picking things up a lot more. I thought maybe it would be the same way this year. Tonight, I made the first shot, and after that, I missed a few but they were open, and I knew there were going to be a lot of open shots. And then one, two, three (made shots), and then I was, 'Alright, let's go.'"

"They hit some shots, and Henderson got it going," Oregon head coach Dana Altman said. "We did a poor job and gave him some good looks early, and once he got those down, his motor started running. He hit a couple of double-clutch ones, and he hit some tough ones after that, but we did a really poor job early, and he took advantage of it."

Down 86-80 with 39 seconds left, Henderson hit his seventh three, and after two Oregon made free throws, he double-clutched and knocked down his eighth three to cut the lead to 88-86 with 14 seconds left. 

Junior guard Jarvis Summers hit a game-tying three with 0.8 seconds left, and after an Oregon turnover, Henderson nearly won it at the buzzer with another 3-pointer, as the teams went into overtime tied at 89-89.

Ole Miss took a 93-91 lead with 3:47 left in overtime, and Oregon answered with 11 unanswered points to take 102-93 lead. Henderson hit his ninth and 10th 3-pointers to finish with 39 points, and the Rebels got within five, but the Ducks closed out the 115-105 win.

"I thought I hit that shot at the buzzer," Henderson said. "I thought it was in. Normally that's the way it goes in basketball, when a team hits a buzzer beater and goes to overtime, the momentum rides all the way through, like last year at Vanderbilt when I hit a shot at the buzzer to go to overtime. I thought we were going to have it, but we let it slip."


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